Happy 239th Birthday to the U.S. Navy

Earlier this week, the United State Navy celebrated its birthday on October 13th. For 239 years, this naval warfare service branch of the United States Armed Forces has been training and equipping our forces to maintain freedom of the seas. We are grateful for their continued service.
It’s widely known that members of the United States Army are at high risk for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) in the line of dutybut it should be known that the other branches of the military, including the U. S. Navy, can be affected by these conditions as well. The Defense Medical Surveillance System (DMSS) shows that in 2013 there were close to 3,300 cases of TBI in the United States Navy worldwide. 90.6% of those cases were those who were active.

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2013 as of Aug 19, 2014
Source: Defense Medical Surveillance System (DMSS),
Theater Medical Data Store (TMDS) provided by the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center (AFHSC)
Prepared by the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC)

We’re grateful for the risks these men take for our freedom. Traumatic brain injury is one of the invisible wounds of war, and one of the signature injuries of the current military conflicts. A TBI can occur when someone is hit by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or a penetrating head injury that obstructs the normal function of the brain. This injury and other psychological health issues can cause stress in service members when they return home and affect their family and their own lives.
Because of the invisible nature of these injuries, recovery can be difficult. Many don’t know where to start and how to combat the effects of TBI and other psychological health conditions. The Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund can help. Our goal is to support men and women of the Armed Forces and their families by raising funds to build Intrepid Spirit centers. These centers help to diagnose and treat these conditions. While three of these centers have opened and two more are under construction, there is still much more to do in order to reach our mission of 9 centers in total. You can help support these service members and their families by donating directly to IFHF. 100% of your donations go to constructing a new Intrepid Spirit center.
For over 200 years the Navy has been giving our nation the great gift of freedom. Now, the biggest way for us to thank them for their sacrifice is to make sure we provide them with the assistance needed to return comfortably to their lives. Help them get back on their feet today with a donation to IFHF.

Posted on October 16 2014 in Blog

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